The P.R.A.Y. Method

Pastor Randy has talked about using the P.R.A.Y. acronym as a method for prayer. It's not the only method or even the best one, necessarily, but it can be helpful at times.

P.R.A.Y. stands for …

P - Praise
We begin with praise. So many of the Psalms begin this way: "I will praise the Lord with all my life; I will sing praises to my God as long as I live" (Psalm 146.2, CEB).

R - Repent
Psalm 139.23-24 is a beautiful way to pray prayers of repentance: "Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life" (NLT).

A - Ask
When we think of prayer, this is what we often think of—asking God to do something. The good thing about this method is that we don't start with it. It leads us to start with praise and thanksgiving, then confession and repentance before getting to our petitions.

Y - Yield
Yielding is a great way to conclude our prayer. "Your will be done," Jesus taught us to pray. "I want your will to be done, not mine," Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane when it matter most!

We invite you to try this method of prayer. It doesn't have to be the only way you ever pray, but it can be a useful way to pray. May God bless you!